Family who lost all in fire kicked in guts again
A BATTLING Ipswich family has been dealt another body blow - less than a fortnight after they lost most of their property in a house fire.
James Lucacevich, Michelle Stewart and their two children Levi and Amelia had been overwhelmed by the generosity of the Ipswich community following the fire, which destroyed their only car and their Bellbird Park rental home on May 20.
Along with the donations of clothing, kitchenware and shopping vouchers that came their way after the fire, the family also received money - including $2000 from Mayor Paul Pisasale's community fund.
They used this money to buy a car.
Mr Lucacevich said he'd had the second hand VZ Commodore for barely two days when he was involved in a two-vehicle crash at Goodna on Tuesday afternoon.
"They say bad things happen in threes, but surely it couldn't get much worse than this," Mr Lucacevich said.
Although the car was insured, the family might still have to find enough money to pay the excess, if police deem that Mr Lucacevich was at fault in the crash.
If there was one lucky aspect to the unfortunate incident, it was that three-year-old Amelia, who took the brunt of the impact, was not harmed in the accident.
"It has been a very difficult couple of weeks for us," Mr Lucacevich said.
Now renting a house in Redbank Plains, the family has been sleeping on mattresses on the ground, as well as using lounge cushions for one of their beds.
Chests of draws are needed for the children's clothes, while mum and dad are still looking for someone to help repair their fire-damaged bed.
The family was humbled by the amount of help it had received since the fire, which had included piles of clothes, toys, cups, mugs, plates, blankets and linen and grocery vouchers.
"We are very thankful to all those people that have helped us and would like to put out a big thank-you to all of them," Mr Lucacevich said.